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Council of Europe Forum on the Universality of Human Rights

Forum on the Universality of Human Rights, Oslo 21 and 22 October 2010, organized by the Council of Europe and the European Wergeland Centre on Education for Human Rights

 

On 21 and 22 October 2010, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe will hold a forum on the universality of human rights in Oslo in co-operation with the European Wergeland Centre on Education for Human Rights.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided from and into English and French.

Aim of the forum:

- To reaffirm the universality and indivisibility of human rights, in accordance with the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe of 12 May 2009, the Declaration of 1 July of the Committee of Ministers on human rights in culturally diverse societies and the Council of Europe White Paper on intercultural dialogue launched by the Council of Europe Ministers of Foreign Affairs on 7 May 2008;
- To contrast this with the diversity of cultures;
- The recognition that we live in a multicultural world and the publication by the Council of Europe of an outstanding white paper on intercultural dialogue are in no way intended to undermine the common basis of human rights, which implies that all women and men are fundamentally equal in dignity and rights;
- Can we accept different “sovereign universal rights” in each country?
- Similarly shouldn’t “universal rights” laid down by some religions all join together in serving this common human heritage?

The forum will also deal with specific topics and controversial questions such as:

- Can there be a hierarchy of rights? Case-law of the European Court of Human Rights;
- How to resolve conflicts between rights;
- Education in human rights;
- The role of the Council of Europe.

For further information please visit the Council of Europe website.

 

 

 
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